It has been a while since iOS 10 officially launched to the public. This year, Apple called iOS 10 the biggest iOS release ever. On other hand, iOS 10’s main rival Android 7.0 Nougat only hits the recently introduced Google Pixel phones. There is no denying that both iOS 10 and Android Nougat offer tons of new features, giving users a solid reason to upgrade.
However, iOS 10 and Android Nougat share some features. In this post, we will you walk you through two operating system’s new features to see how they compare to each other and which is best for you.
- User interface and Notifications
With iOS 10, Apple has redesigned its lock screen with a new card-based UI. Aside from notifications, something we have already seen for years, iOS 10’s lock screen now features widgets that can be accessed by swiping to the right. Android, on the other hand, once added widgets to its lock screen, but later removed it to make it even simpler.
Both iOS 10 and Android 7.0 Nougat have revamped notifications, making them easier to read and interact with. Beside that, in iOS 10, Apple added the ability to remove all notifications at once, which is exciting, but Google removed this functionality in Android L.
- Uninstalling stock apps
In iOS 10, Apple finally lets users remove some of its annoying stock apps, but like I just said, some apps, and not all. Some apps like Messages and Phone cannot be removed from your home screen, but apps like Notes, Mail and Stocks can be removed. Like Apple, Android allows users to uninstall some apps that you are not actively using like Google Play Books, Play Games, and Newsstand.
However, remember that you cannot delete these apps forever, they are still there, hidden and taking up storage space on your phone. In reality, you have been able to disable any app on your Android phone since the days of Ice Cream Sandwich. For iOS fans, this could be one of the biggest changes that can be found in iOS 10. Android fans, on the other hand, are expecting more.
- Photo app
With iOS 10, the Photo app features facial recognition. The app now can identify people, objects and places in your photos. Besides, you can combine memories into movies or albums that can be shared on social media. If you have been using Android phone for a long time, this feature seems familiar since it is something that we have already seen in Google Photos for a year.
- Apple Maps
Apple Maps is now more useful and smarter than ever thanks to its 3rd party app support. You now can book a place at your favorite restaurant using OpenTable or look for a ride using Uber right within the app. Besides, you can get traffic information for your route and avoid toll roads on your trip. However, again, these features have been around for years in Google Maps. Google is probably taking Apple’s lead on this one.
- Personal Assistant
In iOS 10, Apple has taken Siri to a whole new level. Apple’s virtual helper is now opened to third-party developers. This means that you can control many more apps with your voice including the ability to send send messages to people in some third-party apps like Whatsapp or Skype.
Siri’s main rival, Google Now has always been considered as the best personal assistant in the market, as it is fast and responsive. Google has recently introduced Google Assistant, a notable upgrade to Google Now, however, it is only available on Google Pixel phones.
It is hard to say which one is better, but this year, Siri is likely to have the upper hand over its counterpart.
Both iOS 10 and Android 7.0 Nougat offer exciting features, but there is no denying that iOS 10 has more big changes as compared to its rival. However, some of these changes have been available in Android for a while.
It is hardly impossible to say which one is better. iOS 10 will be for those who seek stability, easy-to-use UI and exciting new apps, but if you are looking for a mobile OS that offers tons of customization options, Android 7.0 Nougat should be your choice.
iOS 10 or Android 7.0 Nougat, which one is for you? Let us know in the comments section below.